It is something that suddenly became the new normal. However, with a lack of a commute, and a fully stocked fridge on hand, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that working from home can have some surprising health challenges!
We don’t need to highlight the potential issues that can lead to this – every health insurer in the land is trying to educate people about this to avoid possible future conditions.
Instead, today’s article is all about how to tackle the cause of the problem. We’ll now look at some quick and easy hacks to ensure your WFH routine does not wreak havoc with your health.
Set a schedule – and stick to it
The first thing to do is set some ground rules for yourself and stick to them as closely as possible. This means getting up at the same time each day, eating regular meals, and taking regular breaks. By setting a schedule and sticking to it, you’ll be less likely to let your body fall into bad habits.
This routine will pay huge dividends when it comes to your shape. After all, it will ensure that you stay on top of your sleep pattern (to guard against those wretched mid-morning cravings!) whilst also giving yourself those full, nutritious meals that can reduce the chances of you dipping into the snack cupboard.
Pre-pandemic, you may have been the type of person who went to the gym every morning before the office. Now, it’s much harder to do this with the office at home.
The first piece of advice is to try. Just because your desk is almost literally on your doorstep, it doesn’t mean to say that you can’t leave home and then come back ready to start your day’s work. Aside from the physical benefits of hitting the gym, there’s every chance this will work wonders from a mental health point of view. After all, you’re splitting up your day and reducing the time spent staring at the same walls.
The next piece of advice is to adapt. OK, you might think that leaving home to return one hour later isn’t worth the hassle. In these cases, take matters into your own hands and work out at home. Whether via a fitness DVD or a basic dumbbell workout, it can make a difference and transform your mindset.
Drink lots of water
This is a basic one, but it’s often forgotten when we’re in the throes of a home office set-up. By drinking plenty of water, you’re combating two issues in one – dehydration and the temptation to reach for sugary drinks.
Let’s not forget that one of the main reasons many of us reach for snacks is that we’re thirsty rather than hungry. This is a simple but crucial mistake to make, and over the long-term can have a significant effect on your shape.
You might not have the famous water cooler in your home office, but try and keep a bottle handy. It won’t take many bottles to get your daily hydration dose and ultimately keep your body in optimum condition.